Jim  Turner

Jim Turner

Regular viewers of dLifeTV know that actor and comedian Jim Turner has a spark for storytelling. Not surprising, considering he's written and performed in comic theater since the 1970s. Diagnosed in high school with type 1 diabetes, Jim enjoys sharing his personal stories with others who relate: "Everybody that knows me has heard 100 different stories about diabetes - decisions I've made, things I've done during insulin reactions. Some are really funny and some are really scary. I relish the opportunity to tell those stories."

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Jim Turner has been hosting and making funny little movies about his life with type 1 diabetes for dLife, CNBC's television show by & for people with diabetes, since it's premiere in 2005.

Jim was in high school at the time of his diagnosis in 1970. In his show, DIABETES: My Struggles With Jim Turner, Jim recounts the story vividly - weeks of dealing with unquenchable thirst, constant urination, and fatigue - running from class to water fountain to bathroom and then back again. It's his hope that relating his experience to others will help them understand they aren't alone.

When he's not busy being a Person With Diabetes - or Diabetic (which he prefers) he chases down TV & film roles.

Best known as ex-football-star-turned-agent Kirby Carlisle during the seven year run of the HBO comedy, ARLI$$, Jim also ran for president in 1988 while appearing regularly on MTV as Randee of the Redwoods.

Jim's many other television credits include Guest-Star spots on: Castle, Grey's Anatomy, Big Bang Theory, Franklin & Bash, Happy Endings, The Young & The Restless, King of Queens, Roseanne, That 70's Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Lucky Louie, voiceovers on Rugrats, and more.

Besides appearing as Steve Job's lawyer in the movie JOBS, he's had major roles in: Kicking & Screaming, Bewitched, Golf In The Kingdom, Meet Dave, The Right Stuff, and many, many movies that have only seen the light of day in video stores.

Regular viewers of dLife know that Jim Turner has a spark for storytelling. Not surprising, considering he's written and performed in comic theater since 1975, starting out as a member of the well-known touring comedy troupe Duck's Breath Mystery Theater. His one-man comedy credits also include Showbiz Nightmares, Girly Magazine Party, Sashay Gigante, and Two-Headed Dog.

Jim enjoys sharing his personal stories with others. "Everybody that knows me has heard 100 different stories about diabetes - decisions I've made, things I've done during insulin reactions. Some are really funny and some are really scary. I relish the opportunity to tell those stories."

Jim recently contributed a chapter to the book, MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Men with Diabetes.

    Jim shared first hand experience on what it was like growing up with diabetes. The audience laughed, but also related. His presentation gave all of us educators some take home thoughts.

    -Marquette General Health System Diabetes Education

    Jim is not just a funny comedian talking about diabetes, but as a diabetic for over 38 years, Jim identifies with the challenges and trials that come along with the disease. Through sharing his firsthand experience, he is able to bring to light in his positively funny, light-hearted way, the reality that over 23.6 million Americans face everyday. When Jim performed at our conference in Dallas, TX the audience not only laughed but related, having those "I've done that too" moments. People warmly embraced his humorous approach and left with a spring in their step and a smile on their face.

    Diagnostic Devices, Inc

    Jim is honest and captivating. Because his story is so personal, I gained a deeper understanding of what it really means to have diabetes, and how it can disrupt, yet balance your life.

    One of a kind. A terrific window into living with diabetes. Jim turner is a marvelous story teller who takes us into his world with a lifetime of stories that reveal the challenges of living with the disease.

    Who knew diabetes could be so funny! I laughed so hard I almost swallowed my sugarless gum.